A diverse and buzzing cosmopolitan destination, Guadalajara can be overwhelming for the first-time visitor, especially given its size: it’s both the capital of Jalisco and the second largest city in Mexico. Don’t be deterred, as this beautiful city has so much to offer. Read our guide to the best restaurants in Guadalajara, whether it’s your first visit or your 20th.
Located just a few blocks from one of Guadalajara’s principal avenues, the famed Chapultepec, El Cargol is the perfect spot to enjoy some Catalonian cuisine before a night of bar hopping and visiting the cultural tianguis (street markets). Not the cheapest of places, El Cargol offers some truly authentic Catalan dining and is located in a quaint and cozy restaurant with a handful of outdoor table options. Try the paella for the complete Spanish experience.
Address & telephone number: Lopéz Cotilla 1513, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3616 6035
It’s easy to understand why I Latina is routinely named one of the best restaurants in Guadalajara. The food, service and atmosphere are excellent, consistently offering top quality dining in the heart of Guadalajara. The range of dishes, including Asian dishes, traditional Mexican tacos, ceviches, hamburgers and Mediterranean meals, mean that all tastes are catered for. Don’t forget to order a craft beer as the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
Address & telephone number: Avenida Inglaterra 3128, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3647 7774
Birriería de Nueve Esquinas
Birría (goat stew) is a Jalisco specialty dish and one of the best birrierías in the city is Birriería de Nueve Esquinas, located in the fantastically cultural centro histórico of Guadalajara. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the company of the locals at this restaurant.
Address & telephone number: Cólon 384 on the corner with Galeana, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 3613 6260
Tortas Ahogadas Beto’s
Tortas ahogadas are a Guadalajara classic, given that the city is home to the birote style of bread which is based on the French baguette. Crispy outside and soft inside, tortas ahogadas are sandwiches full of carnitas (cuts of pork), prawns, or sometimes even panela cheese, then bathed in a spicy tomato sauce. Do not underestimate the spice of a torta ahogada but definitely give them a go. Tortas Ahogadas Beto’s is a messy dining experience but an essential one.
Address & telephone number: Gante 247 on the corner of 5 de Mayo, Guadalajara, Mexico, +52 33 1677 5868
Tacos El Güero
Anyone who’s visited Guadalajara will have heard rumors of the taquiquesos dished up by the Tacos El Güero taco stand just one block away from night-life central, Avenida Chapultepec. This is not a fine dining experience: you’ll be seated on plastic chairs on the pavement (if you manage to find an unoccupied one). The undoubted standout is their taquiqueso, a 35 peso (about $2 US) double tortilla, meat and cheese extravaganza. Make the most of your money and pile it high with the excellent selection of spicy salsas, guacamole, onions, cilantro and beans they offer.
Address & telephone number: Calle Mexicaltzingo esquina con Marsella, Guadalajara, Mexico
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